Amazon Biodiversity Center
Statement from the Board

With the death of Thomas E. Lovejoy on December 25, 2021, at the age of 80, our emerald planet has lost a great protector, scientist, and advocate. For over 50 years, Dr. Lovejoy worked indefatigably and incisively on the importance of biodiversity -- a now universal term he originated -- and the preservation of the Amazon rivers and rainforests. His multi-decade forest fragmentation project, his forward-thinking development of debt-for-nature swaps in Brazil, his unparalleled efforts to educate all people, to train young Brazilian and international scientists, to inform global policymakers across the political spectrum with careful science-based solutions have created a legacy respected by governmental and citizen leaders worldwide.


Tom’s famous Camp 41 near Manaus, Brazil, year after year has served as an intellectual basecamp for research and discussion, exposure and persuasion, insight and inspiration.


As members of the Board of the Amazon Biodiversity Center (ABC), which Tom created to carry on his work in coordination with Brazil’s environmental research agency INPA, we mourn the passing of this pioneer of our planet, this world that we all need to aspire, in Tom’s spirit and in his enduring honor, to make more emerald again.

Rest in peace, our friend.  

Mark O'Donnell
Thomas Nichols
Georgia Nassikas
Scott D. Rivière

Stephanie Hunt

Michelle Wyman

José Roberto Marinho

Rita Mesquita

Raul R. Herrera

Donate to the memory of

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy founded the Amazon Biodiversity Center in 2018 to carry on his world-changing work to train generations of conservation experts and provide sound science to decision makers to preserve biological diversity and ecosystems.


To continue his legacy, ABC is leading a coordinated, global initiative aimed at securing the preservation of the Amazon over the long term. We will be sharing more about this campaign, including a special launch event, in the coming weeks.


You can make a donation to the Amazon Biodiversity Center in memory of Dr. Lovejoy and post a message of your favorite memory of him or contribution to the Earth.

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The Amazon Biodiversity Center is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 83-0572780).  No goods or services will be exchanged in consideration of your contribution.

The Amazon Biodiversity Center was founded in 2018 by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy to advance the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and conservation research and disseminate knowledge regarding the impact of human development and climate change on the diversity of the ecosystem, wildlife, and plant life of the Amazon.  We protect the biodiversity of the Amazon Basin by bridging the gap between conservation science and land management policy through two projects:

Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project: Scientists on our reserve near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil study Amazon Rainforest wildlife and ecosystems and the effects of human development and climate change on them. We work in cooperation with Brazil's National Institute for Amazon Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia; INPA).

Global Advocacy:  For 40 years, founder Thomas Lovejoy has lent his expertise and perspective to decision makers seeking guidance on how best to preserve biological diversity in the Amazon and in rainforests worldwide.

The Amazon Biodiversity Center is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 83-0572780).